Skills Developed: Beginning Guitar Skills including Chords, Notes, Reading Tablature, Playing on the Beat
App Tested on iPad (for iPad only)
Good Stuff about this music ed app: I’m excited to shout that I’ve found another favorite app! This app is super fun and educational to boot. Learning guitar players will have an enormous amount of fun playing this one. Even if you have never touched a guitar before, you can play this game and by the time you read the end, you’ll really be on your way to having your own garage band!
You get to use your real guitar while playing this app which means you’re learning to play your real instrument. A hip looking dude is your avatar and as you play the chords indicated, you hypnotize the wild animals into following you around. You have to play the chords on the beat. The farther into the game you get, the more chords you know and the more fun the songs begin to sound.
This game also teaches you how to read tablature! Perfect!!
Listen to my podcast (04) interview with the developer of Wild Chords:
Episode 4: Guitar learning has never been so much fun! Interview with Christoph Thur of Wild Chords. This app received our MusiciansWithApps FAVORITE award!
Our wish list: Sometimes even the most advanced guitar player can’t make the app happy as far as it hearing your notes right on time. Those darn birds just keep popping your balloons. Possibly there’s a timing glitch? Or, maybe we need to keep practicing.
My Love: I absolutely love the tablature learning portion of this app. What an important skill! Every guitar player needs to know how to read in TAB. I can’t think of a more fun way to practice than to focus on keeping those birds on the telephone wires. Seriously good idea!
Summary: All-in-all we feel that guitar learners should not skip this app. It’s fun and extremely educational. And… it receives our FAVORITE APP AWARD for this month! Congratulations, developers. We love you!
Purchase Wild Chords on iTunes for iPad for: $FREE
Note: this app is only available for iPad.
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment to let us know what you think. Thanks. -Rebecca
Skills Developed: Ear Training, Recognizing Specific Pitches
App Tested on iPad
Good Stuff about this music ed app: The giggling begins right as you open this app, it’s really funny! The blob chorus treats you to a quick rendition of their “Blob” song and then when you go to use the resource (play the game) they separate. The idea is that you listen very carefully to the pitches the Blobs sing and then the King Blob sings one of those same pitches. You have to tap on the correct Blob to win points.
Good Stuff about this app: I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about this app at first. I am always analyzing for educational content. But I’ll tell you that after watching my son and a couple of cousins return to it over and over for fun and creativity, it has won me over. And, I love that it is FREE. (no ads)
The idea is that you “jam” on real sounding percussion instruments and little jungle animals copy your rhythm exactly back to you. The animals have funny reactions as you are allowed to feed them bananas to reward them. It really is pretty cute. The young boys seem to really enjoy these reactions.
The best part of the app is the composition section where you create songs using a vertical grid. You can then save your songs and watch the animals perform them for you. It’s really pretty darn fun.
I have a 10 year old drummer in the house and he can’t keep his hands off this app lately.
Our Wish List: The composition area of the app seemed hard to navigate at first. It was unclear what to do or how to save the songs created. The kids also didn’t understand that you could make several sections to each song, but after playing with it for a while (and clicking the help button), we got it figured out.
My Love: I really love the composition page of this app. It’s great that you can earn/unlock more instrument the more you play. There is a tempo control, and it appears that your compositions can have endless sections to them. The kids have really had a hay day with it!
Summary: All-in-all we think percussion enthusiasts will get a bang out of this app! It’s a really great way to use creativity and rhythm and wrap it into a whole lot of fun. Can I say “I Love FREE educational apps” ?
Purchase Monkey Drum on iTunes for iPad for: $FREE
Purchase Monkey Drum on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for: $FREE
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. Thanks -Rebecca
Skills Developed: Piano chords: Major Triads, Minor, Sus, 7ths, and inversions of all.
App Tested on iPad (designed for iPad only)
Good Stuff about this app: This app was designed for young game enthusiasts who are learning to play the piano. Teachers who require that students learn their chords will flip for this game. First, it sucks you in with astronaut talk and then a mechanical voice states that you are going to have an “inversion invasion”. The idea is then to play the correct chords on the keyboard (on the iPad). Each piano key hit triggers a ray gun and blasts the alien who is in its path.
How much fun is that? Pretty darn, if you ask me.
I had 2 younger boys play this game as testers. They were sucked in immediately.
The good thing is that you don’t really have to have your chords and inversions memorized before playing this game. It teaches you just by repetition of the game.
Our Wish List: I watched the kids play though mission 8 and started wondering why there wasn’t a feature that would give more points to those who could identify the chord correctly before the aliens showed them the keys. It seems that there was no motivation to think of it on their own because the aliens would pop on and reveal the answer.
My Love: I love an app that will get a 10 year old boy to practice his chords and their inversions for a half of an hour without getting bored. Nuf said.
Summary: All-in-all we feel that this app is really quite cool and targets an audience of learners who are attracted to games like this. Chords and their inversion can be a difficult skill to master quickly, but that seems to be no problem after using this app for a week or two.
Purchase Inversion Invasion on iTunes for iPad for: $FREE
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought. -Rebecca
Skills Developed: Listening Repetition and Interaction
App Tested on iPad
Good Stuff about this app: Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has never been so much fun! This tune has been running around our home for the past week now. The kids are playing it on all instruments since we have heard it so much. The visual technology of this app really gives it an edge. I felt like I was watching a new pixar movie! It really is very engaging.
The cutest 10 year old is the host of the event. He gives an outstanding performance on the piano while other animated “human-like” instruments wish to join
This review is for the music education app: Sheet Music Direct Kid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5
Educational Value: Excellent
Age Recommended: All Ages of established musicians
Skills Developed: Music Library Organizer, Key Transposer, Practice Helper
App Tested on iPad (available only on iPad)
Good Stuff about this app: Well, well my life just became easier… again. This app is really quite revolutionary. I know I’ve said that before, but these developers never cease to amaze me. Gigging musicians will flip for this app.
With this free app (yes, free- no ads), you gain an instant music library right
Skills Developed: How to play the recorder instrument including: ear training, fingering, breath control, timing, concentration.
App Tested on iPad
Good Stuff about this app: I have been bursting at the seams with excitement over this app. I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers. Before I go any further let me just let you know that I don’t think any more fun can be had learning to play the recorder.
I used 5 different kids to test this one and they all begged to not have to stop playing the game. Ha, they didn’t even realize the great skills they were learning!
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Your young ones will immediately fall in love with this app. It is an interactive book all about the characteristics of the Big Band including the music and the instruments typically used to play jazz. How neat!
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Each time you complete one of the 5 steps above, your name will be entered in the drawing. You will want this app! Your children will be amused and educated by the cute kittens as they visit the Jazz Big Band and meet the musicians. This music education app uses real instrument sounds. This app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is very simple to use. It’s price is $4.99. My FREEBIE to you today!!
This contest ends at midnight on Thursday, February 2, 2012.
Good Stuff About This App: I have been a Suzuki Music Mom for 18 years, and let me tell you… this app makes getting all of that listening done easy. Really. I remember spending hours “dubbing” my kids’ song onto cassettes so I wouldn’t have to rewind Cuckoo over and over for my 4 year old. Then came the “automatic rewind tape”. I thought I was in heaven. (giggle) Then I moved into making play lists on my computer media player and burning disc after disc of Bach Minuets. More recently came the iPod dock with auto repeat. The only problem I still had was that every night I still had to go into his room after he fell asleep to turn the machine off. …….enter “ZZZ”.
Skills Developed: Note Placement and Pitch Recognition Treble and Bass Clef
Reviewed on: iPad (available for iPhone as well)
Good stuff about this app:
This app is a super alternative to those flash cards. It not only is great for visual music staff/notes exploration but can be used for pitch recognition as well. I love it because the kids enjoy watching DooDah as I quiz them on
Skills Developed: Classical Music, Composers and Instrument Recognition
Reviewed on: iPad (available for iPad )
Good stuff about this app: Where to start? I can’t believe this app is FREE. It’s really quite neato. First good thing is that right when you open the app you are immediately greeted by the London Philharmonic performing Mozart right to you! (Marriage of Figaro)
I know this app appears to be geared towards a younger crowd, but where was this when I was in
Reviewed on: iPad (available for iPad, iPhone, iPod)
My 9 year old (drummer) son has kept me hopping with this one. He is hooked. We really liked this app this week! It’s a simple “repeat this rhythm” game on steroids.
Good stuff about this app:
Trae and I worked on this app for more than a week now as well as some of my teen students. There are more than 300 different melodies and rhythm patterns featured on this app. The idea is to listen and watch as the pattern is played, and then repeat it back as
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